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Dermatopathology

Communication

  • The dermatopathologist contacts the clinician when final biopsy results require discussion.
  • A final report is automatically faxed to the requesting clinician.
  • The dermatopathology office staff and pathology outreach coordinator make regular contact with your office to ensure continued high quality service.

Specimen Preparation

  • Routine specimen supplies include the following: formalin-filled bottles, biohazard bags, requisition forms, canisters and UPS return service bags.
  • Immunofluorescence Kits (4 tubes included in each): One tube for light microscopy (formalin fixative), Two tubes for immunofluorescence (Michel's solution), One empty tube for serum submission for indirect immunofluorescence and one requisition form, and UPS supplies (see next bullet)
  • One requisition form (pdf, 121K) for each kit -- please complete this form in its entirety and return it with the biopsy.
  • Telephone number to call for UPS or courier pick-up. UPS return service bags with attached pre-paid return mailing labels (when client is outside courier pick-up area).

When Submitting Specimen(s) for:

  • Immunofluorescence only: Please return all of the vials in the kit (even those you do not use) so that we may recycle them.
  • H&E and Immunofluorescence: Place the H&E in the tube labeled "light microscopy" (formalin fixative) and submit both specimens together in their respective vials.
  • Gene rearrangement: Place tissue in tube labeled "light microscopy" (formalin fixative). Do not submit in any other fixative.

Specimen Transportation

  • Call 800.433.0740 to request free immunofluoresence kits or routine specimen materials and prepaid return mailers.
  • Tissue should be shipped at room temperature.
  • Do not freeze solutions or specimens.
  • An all-weather transport solution is available during winter temperatures.
  • UPS (United Parcel Service): Place the skin specimen kit in the UPS return "LabPak" bag along with a completed Pathology Laboratory requisition form (pdf, 121K) and all corresponding paperwork (please include a copy of the patient's insurance card).
  • If sending by USPS (United States Postal Service): Please require a "signature confirmation" on receipt.
  • Courier (if local): Complete the requisition form (pdf, 121K) and include with the specimen. Call 317.491.6000 for courier pick-up.
  • Skin biopsy specimen transport supplies will be automatically replaced according to the number received. For additional supplies, please call the client services or the anatomic pathology outreach coordinator at 800.433.0740 or 317.491.6000

Expertise

  • Difficult inflammatory and pigmented lesions
  • Cutaneous lymphomas
  • Extensive immunohistochemical panels
  • Comprehensive immunofluorescence
  • Gene rearrangement studies

Meet the Dermatopathology team of physicians

  • Simon Warren, MBBS
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    ASSOCIATE CLINICAL PROFESSOR; DIRECTOR, DERMATOPATHOLOGY SERVICES

    Education: MD Guy's and St. Thomas' Medical Schools, University of London; Resident in Pathology, Medical College of Wisconsin
    Fellow in Immunodermatology, Medical College of Wisconsin; Fellow in Dermatopathology, University of Texas Southwestern
    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic Pathology
    Subspecialty Certification: Dermatopathology
    Special Interests: Diagnostic Dermatopathology, Melanoma and Cutaneous immunofluorescence
    Address:  Indiana University Health Pathology Laboratory
    350 W. 11th St.,  Room 4060
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108
    Phone: 317.491.6423
    Fax: 317-491-6424
    Pager: 312-1562
    E-mail: simonjpwarren@gmail.com

  • Matt Kuhar, MD
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    ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

    Education: MD Drexel University College of Medicine,Philadelphia, PA; Resident in Pathology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN; Fellow in Dermatopathology at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
    Board Certification: Diplomate of the American Board of Pathology in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; Diplomate in the American Board of Pathology in Dermatopathology
    Special Interests: Dermatopathology
    Address:  Indiana University Health Pathology Laboratory
    350 W. 11th St.,  Room 4062
    Indianapolis, IN 46202-4108
    Phone: 317.491.6423
    Fax: 317-491-6490
    Pager: 312-4123
    E-mail: mkuhar@iuhealth.org